Lake Wales Obituaries
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>Grace Elizabeth WHIDDEN / FREELAND- 82 -   Ledger,Monday, Sept. 29, 2008, page B-4 
 Lake Wales - Grace died Sunday morning Sept.28, 2008 at her home.  Grace was born June 19, 1926, in Lake Wales, but was raised in Bartow where she graduated from Summerlin Institute, she then graduated from Florida State University in 1948. Grace moved to Lake Wales to teach physical education in their school system, she coached girls basketball in Lake Wales High School and later served as athletic director at Webber College for 20 yearsGrace was a member of First Prebyterian Church of Lake Wales, she was past president of the Lake Wales Golf Association and club champion. Grace volunteered at the gift shop at Lake Wales Hospital for many years. > Preceded in death by her husband, William R."Bill"Freeland in 1985 and a son, F.Robert "Bobby"Freeland in 2006. > Survived by; daughter Dee , sons; W.Thomas & David, sisters, Esther, & Laverne- 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Visitation Sept.30,2008 at Marion Nelson Funeral Home, Services Oct.1,2008 at First Presbyterian Church of Lake Wales, Interment at a later date.
>ODOM , Cindy - 44   -  1966 - 2011
Lake Wales - Cindy was born September 2, 1966 in Lake Wales and was a lifelong resident of the Lake Wales and Frostproof. She was a waitress and loved to read and watch movies. She enjoyed fishing in the past. >
 Cindy was preceded in death by her father, Calvin Eugene Patterson. > Survivors include her daughters, Martha Christine Patterson of Frostproof and Barbie Sue Patterson of Lakeland; parents, Earl Guthrie & Barbara Dugger of Lake Wales; and a sister, Suzie Miranda (Mario) of Lake Wales. Visitation will be Saturday, April 9, 2011 at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake Wales. -  Ledger,April 9, 2011
>KEEN, Sammy” , Jr. -  70 - Retired Cattle Rancher -
 Lake Wales -Sammy Keen, Jr. passed away Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011 at the Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale. 
He was born July 16, 1941 in Lake Wales to the late Samuel Merdic and Martha (Bowen) Keen, Sr.; he was a lifelong resident of the area.   He was a retired cattle rancher and a member of the Wayside Baptist Church. He was a private pilot, avid hunter, FSU fan and enjoyed traveling. >Survivors include his wife of 5 years, Carolyn Keen; sons, Steve (Jill) Keen of Lake Wales, Mark (Mary Anne) Keen of Marianna and Daniel Keen of Tampa; daughters, Shelley (Barrett) Nelson of Lake Wales, Angela (Duane) Anderson of Lake Wales and Tammy (Corky) Robarts of Lake Wales; 6 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.
 Memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011 at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake Wales with the family receiving friends at 10 a.m. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Good Shepherd Hospice (105 Arneson Avenue, Auburndale, Fla. 33823). Marion Nelson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
> CARROLLl "CHIP" EZELL  -  58 - Realestate -  . ( Ledger, Jan. 1, 2012 )
 DELTONA - Carroll Rutledge "Chip" Ezell of Deltona, Florida, died Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at the Hospice of Volusia/Flagler Care Center, in Orange City. He fought the short battle with cancer courageously. He was born August 31, 1953 in Lake Wales, Florida, the son of the late Carroll and Sally Ezell. He attended Lake Wales High School and graduated from Sanford Naval Academy in 1971 . He was a Boy Scout, a member of the band programs, and a tennis player. He loved skiing, fishing, and camping with friends on the lake growing up. Chip attended Stetson University where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He moved to Deltona in 1982 from Jacksonville. He held licenses in real estate and insurance, and was an enrollment specialist for Univers Workplace Solution of Maitland, Florida. He was a former member of the Rotary Clubs International. Chip was an avid hunter and outdoorsman, a member with close friends of the Coleman Hunting Club in Georgia. He loved to be in the mountains or on the beach. He cared greatly for his 3 cats, but Scooter was daddy's kitty. In 1973 Chip traveled to Kenya, East Africa with the Southern Baptist Convention to help build medical clinics. He was a happy, kind and giving man, always willing to help anyone and putting other people before himself. He was a Bible believing Christian and trusted his Lord to guide him through this last journey. Through his prayers, comments, and actions, he was a wonderful example to all around him of trusting Christ in this most difficult time.
> He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Leecy Jackson Ezell; his devoted sister, Ginny Ezell Metzler, brother in law, Dave Metzler, of Lakeland, Florida, his niece, Marci Metzler of Largo, nephew, Michael Metzler and his wife, Andrea Thomas Metzler, his five grandnieces and nephews, Susannah, Michael, Jr., Renee, John and Abigail of Poinciana. His family and friends loved him and will miss his encouraging presence.   Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Volusia/Flagler, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL 32129. A Memorial service is planned for February 18, 2012. 
Lake Wales - Harold Wayne Johnson, of 138 D. Street, died Thursday at him home. A natice of Lake Wales, Harold was a member of the New Shiloh Baptist Church. >Survivors include his Father, Joel Johnson Sr., and his mother Willie Lee Johnson, both of Lake Wales; his brother, Joel Johnson Jr., Lake Wales, Sam and Henry Johnson , both of Bronx, N. Y. , and Rickey Johnson, Haines City; his sisters, Florence Travis, N.Y.City, Ethel Wilson, Bronx, N.Y. , Aand Idella Parks and Phylis Johnson, both of Lake Wales, his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Wiley Sanders, Lake Wales.  Epps Funeral Home, Lake Wales. Ledger, Sept. 7, 1978, pg. 3-C 
> MARION J. (HAMBURG) ELLIS – 88 - A Navy Vet. - Health Care Field -  Related to Margaret (following obit )
LAKE WALES - Marion J. (Hamburg) Ellis passed away on March 14, 2012 at the Groves Center in Lake Wales due to complications of Alzheimer's. A lifelong resident of Lake Wales, Mrs. Ellis was born in Lake Wales, Florida, in 1923, the daughter ofArthur and Viola Hamburg. Mrs. Ellis attended Lake Wales High School. She served three years in the U.S.Navy as a registered nurse. She was discharged in 1946 and came back to Lake Wales, where she was employed in the healthcare field. Mrs. Ellis was an accomplished golfer and won the Lake Wales Ladies' Club Championship several times. She was also an avid fisherman and hunter as well as a loving wife and devoted mother. >She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Henry L. "Pete" Ellis of Lake Wales; her two sons, Michael (Meridel) Ellis of Wellington, Florida and Philip Ellis of Chelsea, Alabama; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. > She was preceded in death by her sisters, Margaret MacDonald and Florence Bass, and her brothers, Robert and Bud Hamburg. Visitation will be held Friday March 16, 2012 at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home. Graveside services were held Saturday, March 17, 2012 at the Lake Wales Cemetery. - Ledger, March 16, 2012 
LAKELAND - Mr. James Franklin Owens of Lakeland, FL., passed away on Saturday March 24, 2012. He was the husband of Audrey (Davis) Owens. James was born in Lake Wales, Florida on December 25, 1933, the son of the late Theodore R. and Emma (Partin) Owens.  >James is survived by his wife Audrey Owens, 2 daughters Dana Owens Black, and Sandi Muccino and two sons Dexter W. Owens, and Roy Mc-Adams. He is also survived by 2 brothers Edwin Owens and Julius Owens, 8 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren. >James was preceded in death by his son Dennis in 1978, and a daughter Janice McAdams in 2007.  A Celebration of his life was held, Saturday March 31, 2012 officiated by Ken Owens. A visitation was held from 3pm until service time. arrangements under the direction of Osceola Memory Gardens Cemetery Funeral Home and Crematory, 1717 Old Boggy Creek Rd. Kissimmee, Fla. 34744

>LOIS E. KEMP ALBRITTON - Security Officer for Vickers Security
Lois E. Kemp Albritton of Lake Wales passed away Monday, July 23, 2012 at the Lake Wales Medical Center.She was born November 7, 1946 in Lake Wales to the late William David Evans, Sr. and Lois Kirkland Johnson; and has been a lifelong resident of this area. Lois was a security officer for Vickers Security, and she attended the West Side Baptist Church.
> Survivors include husband, Ceylon (Skip) Albritton, her daughters, Lois S. Rush (Stan) of Chester, SC and Leslie Ann Smith (Jeremy) of Lehighton, PA; son, Lee Adam Wiseburn (Tonya) of Columbia, NJ; mother, Lois K. Johnson of Lake Wales; brother, Audie James Evans of Uvalde, GA; sisters, Linda Collins of Winter Haven, Rita Albritton of Lake Wales, and Audrey Yates of Lake Wales; and ten grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. - Memorial services will be held at a later date. ?

LAKE WALES - Linda Flannery was born January 24, 1949, in Garland County, Arkansas, and departed this life Sunday, September 2, 2012 from heart failure at her home in Lake Wales. She was the daughter of the late Bertha Mae Meeks and William Edward Anthony. Linda was of the Baptist faith. >She was predeceased by her parents and brother Ronald Edward Anthony. >Linda is survived by her husband of 29 years Moss Flannery; son Steven Stuart Fifer; and grandson Dillon Stuart Fifer of Lake Wales; brothers Walter C. (Judy) Anthony and Billy L. (Sharon) Anthony; and Aunt Vinnie Mae Clayton. She was blessed with 4 other children: Kevin Bash, David Flannery, Lori (Michael) Durbin, and Vicki Flannery. She is also survived by 8 other grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and countless nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Visitation was held Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 and Funeral Services will be held Thursday, September 6, 2012, at Oak Ridge Funeral Care Haines City. Interment will follow at Fitzgerald Cemetery in Lakeland. - Ledger, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 
>CAROL MARIE CROSBY -  64 - Lake Wales Medical Center ECF  - Ledger, Sept.9, 2012
lifelong resident of LakeLAKE WALES - Carol Marie Crosby of Lake Wales passed away Sunday, September 09, 2012 at her residence. (Cancer) . Carol was born July 22, 1948 in Winter Haven, Florida to the late Robert and Doris (Robertson) Hamburg;   She was an Administrative Supervisor for the Lake Wales Medical Center ECF, loved to Snook fish, followed Junior on hunting trips all over the country; she was very family oriented, loved her step-sons, took care of her late mother and sister and was a great gardener. >Carol was preceded in death by her Parents Robert and Doris Hamburg. > Survivors include her husband, Griffin G. "Jr" Crosby of 27 years; step-sons, John P. (wife Debbie) Crosby of Lake Wales, Griffin G. "Nick" (wife Martine) Crosby III of Lake Wales; brother, Jeffrey Hamburg of Raleigh, NC; 4 step grandchildren; a niece, 2 nephews and many cousins.  Memorial services will be held, Saturday, September 15, 2012 at the Lake Wales Lutheran Church with Dr. John Glamann officiating. The family will have a reception at the church following the service. In Lieu of flowers donations can be made in her honor to Moffitt Cancer Center (12901 Bruce B Downs Blvd. Tampa, Florida 33612) - 
>ERNEST W. YATES - 67 - Florida Rock
 LAKE WALES - Ernest W. Yates of Lake Wales, FL died Saturday, October 6, 2012 at the Astoria Health and Rehab Center in Winter Haven due to renal failure. Born June 15, 1945 in Samson, AL to Cloise and Bessie Yates, he moved to Polk County in 1957. He was Church of God faith and had worked as a heavy equipment operator for Florida Rock. Ernest was also a veteran of the Vietnam War  proudly serving in the U.S. Navy. > Ernest is preceded in death by his first wife Peggy in 1989, his parents, and a brother, Edward Yates. >He is survived by: wife Fredda; 4 sons, Marcus Yates of Winter Haven, Scott Yates of Winter Haven, Timothy Yates of Lake Hamilton and Jonathan Yates of Lake Wales; a brother, Bueford Yates of Ft. Pierce, FL; 3 sisters, Elizabeth Maynard, Doris Ritter and Jearldean Archie, all of Winter Haven; and seven grandchildren, Kaliene, Skylar, Hannah, Gage, Dustin, Logan, Hallie, and Dominique. The family will receive friends, Thursday, October 11, 2012 at Oak Ridge Funeral Care in Winter Haven. Funeral Services will be in the Funeral Home Chapel. - Interment will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery in Haines City.- Ledger, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 
>HENRY L. "PETE" ELLIS -  89 - Accountant -
LAKE WALES - Henry L. "Pete" Ellis passed away on November 1, 2012 due to heart failure. A life-long resident of Lake Wales, Mr. Ellis was born in Millville, Florida, in 1923, and came to Lake Wales at the age of two months with his parents, Joseph Leo Ellis and Ouida Mae Ellis.  Mr. Ellis attended Lake Wales High School where he was a star member of the football and track teams. He graduated from Draughn's Business College in Atlanta, Georgia with a degree in Accounting. He served three years in the U.S. Navy as a pharmacist's mate aboard LST 978 in the Pacific. He was discharged in 1946 and came back to Lake Wales, joining the accounting firm of Bunting, Tripp and Ingley where he spent his entire professional career, retiring in 1988 with 42 years of service. He married Marion Joyce HAMBURG of Lake Wales in 1947 and had two sons. Mr. Ellis was a member of the Elks Lodge Number 1974, the past president of the Lions Club, a past director of the Chamber of Commerce and Committee of 100 and a past director of the original Lake Wales Little League. He was an avid golfer, fisherman and hunter. > Pete was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Marion Ellis.  >He is survived by two sons, Michael Ellis (Meridel) of Wellington, FL and Philip Ellis of Chelsea, AL; his twin brother, Joseph C. Ellis of Lake Wales; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. A private family graveside services will be held at the Lake Wales Cemetery. Marion Nelson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  (Ledger, Nov. 2, 2012 ) - 

Sara Alexander Ricketts of Lake Wales passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at her residence.
 She was born November 16, 1920 in Sumter, SC to the late Robert Judson & Gladys (Turner) Alexander; she came to Lake Wales with her family at age 5 from Sumter, SC. She dedicated her life as a homemaker and loving mother; she enjoyed taking care of her family and was known for her good southern cooking, especially her fried chicken. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, an avid Gator fan and enjoyed many years of playing tennis with her friends.
 Sara was preceded in death by her brothers, Robert Judson Alexander Jr and W. Durward Alexander.
 Survivors include her husband, Tommy Ricketts; sons, Steve Ricketts (Carol) of Lake Wales, David Ricketts (Colleen) of Lakeland and Tim Ricketts (Shawn) of Babson Park; and nine grandchildren.
Graveside service will be held 10:00 am Saturday, July 7, 2012 at the Lake Wales Cemetery with Rev. Jeffrey B. Kantz officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Florida United Methodist Children's Home (51 Children's Way, Enterprise, Florida 32725

>DOUGLAS ARD -  70 – Retired Welder
Lake Wales - Douglas Ard of Lake Wales passed away Monday, December 24, 2012 peacefully at his home due to cancer. Douglas was born December 26, 1941 in Ozark, Alabama to the late Thomas A. and Agnes E. (Johnston) Ard and has been a lifelong resident of the area. He was a retired Welder in agriculture. Douglas was an avid hunter and fisherman, enjoyed spending time with his kids, grandkids and family. He served in the US Army and was of the Baptist faith. Was known to many as "Grandpa" to many. >Survivors include his wife, Rose M. Ard of 51 years; daughter, Anita (Ron) Thomas of Lake Wales; son, Steve (Julie) Ard of Lake Wales; sisters, Joan Underwood of Lake Wales, Lisa Brackett of Newton, Al; grandchildren, Jason, Chris (Jacki), Darrell (Mellissa), Trevor (Tiffany) and Tracey (Ritchie); 3 great grandchildren, Makenzie, Carson, Tristen and several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be held Friday, December 28, 2012 at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home with Rev. Stephen Bolden officiating. Family will receive friends Friday evening until service time.  Marion Nelson Funeral Home of Lake Wales is in charge of local arrangements.  Ledger,Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 
>MRS. VONNIE  McLEOD – 72 - Customer Service Jiffy Food Store
LAKE WALES -- Mrs. Vonnie McLeod of Lake Wales died of respiratory failure Wednesday (July 14, 2004) at her home. She was born Oct. 22, 1931, in Walton County, she came to Lake Wales from Walton County in 1937. She worked in customer service for Jiffy Food Store and was a waitress for Sand's Restaurant, Lake Wales. She was a member of First Assembly of God, Lake Wales. >Mrs. McLeod was preceded in death by her husband, J.D. McLeod. >She is survived by her sons, David McLeod and Larry McLeod, both of Lake Wales; daughters, Bonnie Cooper, Sylvia Felipe and Sue Griffin, all of Lake Wales; stepdaughters, Anne Sexton, Barbara McCranie and Debbie Clemons, all of Lake Wales; two grandchildren; nine step grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Friday at Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home, Auburndale. Services will be Saturday at the funeral home chapel. - Ledger, July 16, 2004
>J. DAVID McLEOD – 50 - Mechanic for B&B Loading   -  Ledger, June 2, 2007
LAKE WALES - J. David McLeod of Lake Wales died of heart failure Friday, June 01, 2007 at the Lake Wales Medical Center.
Born August 17, 1956 in Lake Wales; he was a lifelong resident of the area. He was a mechanic for B&B Loading in Lake Wales. He attended the Pentecostal church, enjoyed working on cars and was a jack of all trades. >Survivors include his wife, Penny R. McLeod of Lake Wales; daughter, Heather McLeod of Lake Wales; sons, Jimmy McLeod of Lake Wales; Wayne Nealey of Lake Wales; brother, Larry McLeod of Lake Wales; sisters, Anne Sexton of Lake Wales; Barbara McCranie of Lake Wales; Debra McLeod of Waycross, GA; and 2 grandchildren. Visitation will be held until service time at
4:00 PM, Tuesday, June 05, 2007 at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake Wales with Pastor Stephen Reed officiating. 
>LARRY E. "STICKY"  CAMPBELL – 71 - Verizon
LAKE WALES - Larry E. "Sticky" Campbell of Lake Wales passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at the Winter Haven Hospital due to respiratory failure. He was born September 4, 1941 in Lake Wales to the late Selma & Nina Campbell; he was a lifelong resident of the area. He was a retired equipment technician for Verizon and a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church. He was Lake Wales High School's biggest fan of all athletics and was a very dedicated volunteer. He was the clock operator for football and basketball for many years. He was also a Lake Wales Little League volunteer and umpire. > Larry was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Byron Campbell. >Survivors include his sons, Brad & Heather-Jo Campbell of Pembroke Pines and Scott Campbell of Lake Wales; brothers, Ronald Campbell of Fort Myers and Tommy Campbell of Tulsa, OK; sister-in-law, Earlene Campbell of Fort Myers; four granddaughters, McKenzie, Brooke, Maryska & Hanya Campbell. Memorial service will be held  Monday, February 11, 2013 at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church. There will be a reception following the service at the Holy Spirit Parrish CenterIn lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Lake Wales Little League or the Lake Wales Booster Club. - Ledger, Thur. Feb. 7, 2013
>NOAH E. HOLTON, Jr. – 92 - Holton in the Holton Insurance Agency
LAKE WALES - Mr. Noah E. Holton, Jr. of Lake Wales, Florida, died on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Lake Wales Medical Center, of natural causes. He was born March 1, 1921 in Axson, Atkinson County, Georgia, to Georgia State Senator Noah E. Holton, Sr. and Rilza Tanner Holton. He attended Coffee County Schools, South Georgia College, attended Georgetown University, and graduated from the University of Georgia, the University Of Georgia College Of Law, and the New York University Law School with a Master's in Taxation. In 1949 he was admitted to the Georgia Bar. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WW II as a navigator on the flight crew for the Army Judge Advocate Corps serving Chief Justice Robert H. Jackson during the Nuremberg Nazi War Crime Trials. He maintained a love of aviation his entire life. He was employed with the Ernst & Ernst Accounting Firm of Atlanta and moved to Florida in 1954 to be a partner with his uncle R.O. Holton in the Holton Insurance Agency in Winter Haven. He and his family moved to Lake Wales in 1969 and along with his wife Louise, owned the Noah's Ark Bed and Breakfast and other local businesses. He was a lifelong Methodist by faith.
> He is survived by his beloved wife of fifty-seven years Louise Park Holton, daughters Lynn Holton McMahon of Summit, New Jersey and Lori Holton Loveless and her husband Chuck of Lake Wales, and three grandchildren Ellen Louise McMahon, Shelby Lynn Loveless, and James Tanner McMahon. He was affectionately called "Honey" by his three grandchildren, who will cherish the memories of his teasing nature, trips to AirVenture in Wisconsin, and deep love of each of them. >He was preceded in death by his siblings B. H. Byrd, Myrtle Wilson, Johnnie Wilson, Dr. Francis Holton, Maggie Ruth Slade, the Honorable Elie Holton, and Phylis Dixon.  A graveside service will be Monday, April 8, 2013, at the Douglas Cemetery in Douglas, Georgia with Rev. Gregory Pope officiating.  Ledger, Monday, April 8, 2013
>MRS. NAOMI  L. LOWREY – 77 - Homemaker  - Maiden name Brogdon ?-maybe
LAKE WALES -- Mrs. Naomi L. Lowrey of Lake Wales died of heart failure Friday (Sept. 29, 2006) at Dove Health Care in Lake Wales. She was born in Bartow on June 4, 1929, she came to Lake Wales from Bartow 53 years ago. She was a homemaker. She was a Baptist.. > Mrs. Lowrey was preceded in death by her husband, Jack C. Lowrey. >She is survived by her daughter, Carol Ann McNaughton, Orlando; sister, Elizabeth Bruce, Bartow; brothers, Charlie Brogdon, California, Howard Brogdon, John P. Brogdon, both of Bartow; two grandchildren. Visitation will be, Monday at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, 650 E. Main St., Bartow. Graveside services will follow at Wildwood Cemetery. – Ledger Sept. 30, 2006
>JAMES PAUL WHITAKER -  95 - Florida Power Corp.
LAKE WALES - James Paul Whitaker of Lake Wales passed away Wednesday, May 08, 2013 at Grace Health Care due to natural causes. He was born November 10, 1917 in Gordon, AL to the late Julius Augustus & Dicey Wilkerson Whitaker; and he came here from Sumter County, FL in 1929. Soon after graduating from Lake Wales High School he joined the Army when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, and was attached to a chemical warfare group. After World War II he returned to Lake Wales and got a job with the Florida Power Corporation, retiring after 50 years of service - the longest anyone has ever worked for that company. He was a member of the First Christian Church, serving as an elder and Sunday School teacher for 45 years. He was instrumental in the development of Lake Aurora Christian Assembly, serving as its Treasurer for 25 years. He was a member of the V.F.W. and operated the lights for the Black Hills Passion Play for many years. Mr. Whitaker enjoyed swimming, dancing and outdoor activities; and in his younger years, he was active in the Lake Wales Little League. >Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Genevieve P. Whitaker in 1997; four sisters, Grace Albritton, Carmen Guida, Carlene Hart and Ruthie Mae Tolar; and one brother, Russell Aubrey Whitaker. > Survivors include his son, J. Aubrey Whitaker (Judi) of Lake Wales; two grandchildren, Allison Whitaker Guerra and Steven Whitaker (Megan); and three grandchildren, Ashleigh Guerra, Sydnie and Sophia Whitaker. Visitation will be held until the funeral service at 3:00 pm Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake Wales. Memorial donations may be sent in his honor to Lake Aurora Christian Camp or Florida Christian College in Kissimmee. Condolences may be sent to the family and the webcast of the service can be viewed at .- Ledger, Sunday, May 12, 2013
>MR. NORMAN CARNIE – 85 - Baseball Player
LAKE CITY -- Mr. Norman Carnie, a Lake Wales native, died of complications of Alzheimer's disease Tuesday (Aug. 26, 2003) at the Veterans Administration Medical Center. He was born in Lake Wales, he lived there and in Babson Park. Currently, he was living in New Hampshire, Florida and Black Mountain, N.C. He served in the Army Air Corps in World War II, spending nearly two years in a German prisoner-of-war camp. He was a professional baseball player and a jazz musician. > Mr. Carnie is survived by his wife, Eleanor; son, Gary; daughters, Bonnie Carney, Jamie Wiley, Kathleen Heyman and Beth Carnie; brother, Roger; five step-grandchildren; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were Tuesday at St. James Episcopal Church, Black Mountain. Memorial donations may be made to St. James Episcopal Church. – Ledger, Sept. 3, 2003
>SHIRLEY ODOM POLK - 62 - Polk Co. School Board
LAKELAND - Shirley Odom Polk a Polk County School Board retiree, passed away on July 8, 2013 from respiratory failure. Shirley was born October 31, 1950 in Abbeville, Alabama to the late Oscar Edward Odom and Merle Cureton Odom. She grew up at Breezy Point on the banks of Crooked Lake between Babson Park and Frostproof. Shirley graduated from Lake Wales Senior High in 1968 and received an Associate of Arts degree from Polk Community College. >She is survived by her mother, Merle Cureton Odom of Lake Wales, Fl, children Simon Polk, Lakeland, Fl., Sarah Elizabeth King, New Orleans, La, Samantha Ariel Polk, Tampa, Fl and their father Charles Polk of Lake Wales, Fl., grandchildren Jasmine Elizabeth King, Thomas Alexander King, New Orleans, La, and special granddaughter of the heart Jessica Carter, sisters Dale Fischer, Mae Lee, Sandy Odom and Kathy Odom, all of Lake Wales, Fl., numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
 Friends and family are invited to gather Sunday, July 21st, 2013 at 1425 Elgin Street, Lakeland to reminisce about Shirley's extraordinary and cherished life. "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience." Teilhard de Chardin. – Ledger, Wed. July 17, 2013
LAKELAND - David Ernest Black passed away peacefully July 28, 2013, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center surrounded by family. David was born in Chicago, IL May 9, 1934 and moved to Lake Wales as a young boy. He was a graduate of Lake Wales High School and Erskine College in Due West, SC.  He married his wife Lynda Hunter Black on Aug 1, 1959 and moved to Bartow. He went on to have a long career in banking being President of Florida National Bank and President and Chairman of the Board of Community National Bank. Upon retirement from banking, he began work at the law office of Frost, Van den Boom and Smith as comptroller. David was a member of the Bartow Kiwanis Club and Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. > He is survived by his wife Lynda Belle Hunter Black, daughter Meg Dunlap George Rocky , grandchildren George Dunlap V. Angela , David Alex Dunlap, daughter Anne Fisher Champe , grandchildren Champe Fisher III, Caroline Fisher and Sam Fisher, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Wallace and Barbara Orr and nephew William "Bill" Orr Susan . >He was predeceased by his father Paul Black, mother Helen Black, brother Phil Black and sister Marthann Tillman. The family will receive friends Friday at their home. Graveside service will be, Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 at Wildwood Cemetery in Bartow.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be to Bartow Police Dept. 450 N Broadway Ave Bartow, FL 33830 or Bartow Fire Dept., 110 E Church St Bartow, FL 33830. – Ledger, Tuesday, July 30, 2013
>DONALD B. WHITLOCK - 86 - Executive Consultant
LAKE WALES - Donald B. Whitlock of Lake Wales passed away Friday, December 23, 2011 at the Good Shepherd Hospice facility in Auburndale due to heart failure. He was born March 25, 1925 in Warsaw, NY to the late Donald Benedict Whitlock I and Lydia (Birch) Whitlock; and came to Lake Wales from Puerto Rico 7 1/2 years ago. He was a self-employed Executive Consultant in engineering, of the Presbyterian faith, and a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Coast Guard. >Donald was preceded in death by his daughter, Wendy; son, Donald II; and sister, Ann Lina-weaver. >Survivors include his wife of 35 1/2 years, Carmen A. Whitlock; step-daughter, Evelyn Mendez of Winter Haven; and granddaughter, Sasha, nephew, Walter; and nieces, Kathy and Nancy. No services scheduled at this time. –Ledger, Dec. 28, 2011
>ROGER WAYNE BROWN – 59 – Educator
SAN DIEGO, CA. - Roger Wayne Brown, of San Diego, CA, formerly of Lake Wales, died on 10/15/2010 of heart failure in CA. He was a 1969 graduate of Lake Wales High School and a veteran of the US Army. He received a Bachelor Degree from FAMU, Tallahassee, FL and Masters Degree in Music from University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN. He was a band director and music teacher for 29 years in San Diego County Public Schools and 21 years at El Capitan High School.
> Survivors: son, LaMont Brown, US Navy; daughter, Nicole Brown, San Diego; brothers, Tim Williams and Donald Grant of San Diego, William Brown of Tallahassee and Frank Brown of Orlando; sisters, Sandra Brown, Mulberry, FL and Sherita Williams, St. Augustine, FL; 8 grand’s; aunt, Lillian Randolph, Lake Wales. Memorial Services, Sunday, 10/31/2010 at Epps Memorial Funeral Home, Lake Wales.  – Ledger, Oct. 30, 2010
>MABEL HELEN BRINKWORTH  –( 110  ) -  Homemaker
LAKE WALES -- Mrs. Mabel Helen Brinkworth of Lake Wales died of heart failure Friday (Aug. 27, 2004) at her home. She was 110. Born Dec. 13, 1893, in Beatrice, Neb., she came here from Beatrice in 1929. She was a homemaker. She was Christian. >Mrs. Brinkworth was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest O. Brinkworth. >She is survived by her daughters, Virginia Brinkworth, Betty Pendleton and Joyce Brinkworth, all of Lake Wales; sons, Richard Brinkworth, Jacksonville, James Brinkworth, Babson Park; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Tuesday at Marion Nelson Funeral Home, Lake Wales. Services will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. - Ledger, Aug. 29, 2004  -  
LAKE WALES - Joyce Brinkworth of Lake Wales passed away Saturday, January 4, 2014 at the Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale due to complications of a stroke. She was born August 15, 1931 in Lake Wales to the late Ernest O. & Mabel H. Brinkworth; and she has been a lifelong resident of the area. She was a graduate of Lake Wales Senior High School in 1949 and retired from Florida Power after 33 years in 1988 as a distribution engineering clerk III. She was of the Protestant faith, attended the First Presbyterian Church and enjoyed sewing, cooking, traveling and spending time with her family.
>Survivors include her sisters, Virginia Brinkworth of Lake Wales and Betty Pendleton of Lake Wales; brothers, Richard Brinkworth of Jacksonville and Jim Brinkworth of Babson Park. Visitation will be held atl the funeral service at 2:00 pm, Thursday, January 9, 2014 at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake Wales with Rev. Chad Reynolds officiating. Interment will follow at the Lake Wales Cemetery. For those who wish, donations may be sent to First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund (16 North Third Street, Lake Wales, FL 33853) or any local charity of choice . – Ledger, Wed., Jan. 8, 2014   
>PATRICIA O. CRAFT -  62 - Telephone Operator
LAKELAND - Patricia O. Craft, of Lakeland, telephone operator, died 01/21/2011 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center of cancer. Born in Lake Wales, she was a graduate of Roosevelt High School in 1966 in Lake Wales. She was of the Baptist faith. She was former employee of GTE, Department of Defense and the Polk Correctional Facility.> Survivors include, husband of 40 years, Harold J. Craft, Lakeland; daughter, Tonya A. Dubose, Ft. Polk, Louisiana; siblings, Altha L. Smith, Rosalyn Dixon, Amaryllis "Pam" Houser, Vanessa Pope, Lonnie Houser, Sr., James Houser, Jr., Max Houser, Donald Houser and Arelious Houser; 3 grandchildren. Visitation and Service: Thursday at Epps Chapel. Graveside Services:Fri., at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida. Epps Memorial Funeral Wales –Ledger, Jan. 26, 2011
>THOMAS CRAFT, Jr. -  72 - Warehouse Supervisor
LAKE WALES - Thomas Craft, Jr., died of heart failure 3/31/11. Visit: Tues. Epps Chapel. Service Wed. Allen Temple Church, Lake Wales. Epps Memorial F.H. -  Ledger on April 5, 2011 - Brother of Charles Edward Craft
>CHARLES EDWARD CRAFT – 63 – Funeral Home Attendant
LAKE WALES -- Mr. Charles Edward Craft believed strongly in affecting his community, whether through voting, or simply helping out neighbors. The lifelong resident of Lake Wales and former funeral home attendant for Hewing Funeral Home and Epps Mortuary died of heart failure Friday (Oct. 28, 2005) at Valencia Hills Health and Rehab Center in Lakeland. One of nine children, he was born in Lake Wales on May 4, 1942, and graduated from Roosevelt High School.  Mr. Craft began working in the funeral home business in the early 1960s, first working for Hewing Funeral Home in Lake Wales. After the business closed, he worked for Epps Mortuary for a number of years. He left the business because of declining health. But he never tired of taking part in civic duties. "He wanted to be sure that people voted. He tried his best among his friends," his brother, Robert L. Thomas of Lake Wales said. And he was known for generosity in the Lake Wales community, helping with food or shelter when he was able. "He helped the community a lot," Thomas said. "He had a big heart for helping people." > In addition to his brother, Robert L. Thomas, Mr. Craft is survived by his sisters, Annie P. Ramsey, and Laura C. Wiltshire, both of Lake Wales; brothers, Thomas Craft Jr., Raymond Craft, both of Lake Wales, Jimmie L. Craft, College Park, Ga., Harold Craft, Lakeland. Visitation will be Thursday at Epps Mortuary, Lake Wales. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First Institutional Missionary Baptist Church in Lake Wales. – Ledger, Nov. 2, 2005
>EDGAR BEAUREGARD POWELL – 76 - Retired Fruit & Vegetable Inspector - Ledger, May 26, 2008
ROCK HILL, SC - Edgar Beauregard Powell, formerly of Lake Wales, died of heart failure on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at Piedmont Medical Hospital in Rock Hill. Born November 27, 1931 in Glade Hill, VA, he came to Frostproof, FL in 1951 and later moved to Winter Haven and then to Lake Wales. After retirement, he moved to Rock Hill, SC. He was a fruit and vegetable inspector for the Florida Department of Agriculture for 30years. He served in the US Air Force. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church of Lake Wales and Fishing Creek Presbyterian Church in Chester, SC. >He was preceded in death by two wives, Hazel Powell and Barbara Powell, a brother, Elton Powell and his parents, Nannie Lou and Ulis Powell.
Survivors include two sons, Gerry Scott of SC and Jeffery Powell of Linden, VA; three daughters, Brenda Bechtel of Lake Wales, Sherry Powell of Frostproof, and Beverly Button of Sherwood, Michigan; one sister, Vaughn Powell Cofer of Babson Park, FL; 12 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; stepchildren, Pamela Holland and Richard Collins of Lake Wales, Luane Free of Dexter, MO and Laverne Collins of Rock Hill, SC; two sisters-in-law, Pat Powell of Avon Park, and Joyce Smith of Rock Hill. Funeral services were at Fishing Creek Presbyterian Church in Chester Sunday, May 25 with interment at the church cemetery. – 
>THOMAS S.CROWELL -  64 – Retired Electrician
LAKE WALES - Thomas S. Crowell of Lake Wales passed away Sunday, April 19, 2009 at his residence due to cancer. He was born February 7, 1945 in Davenport to the late James Levi & Bertha Mae (Daniels) Crowell; he came here 44 years ago from Haines City. He was a retired electrician for Progress Energy and served in the U.S. Army Reserve. He was very active in the Polk County Youth Fair, serving on the Board of Directors and other various committees. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing. His family was his inspiration in life.> Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Patricia Crowell; daughter, Pam Dicks of Lake Wales; sons, Kevin Crowell of St. Petersburg, Chris Crowell of Frostproof and Matthew Crowell of Lake Wales; sister, Joyce Wilson of Auburndale; brother, Sam Crowell of Davenport; 6 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake Wales. Graveside service will be held Thursday, April 23, 2009 at the Lake Wales Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be sent to the Tommy Crowell Youth Fair Foundation, c/o Polk County Youth Fair, Post Office Box 9005, Drawer HS03, Bartow, FL 33831-9005. -Ledger, April 21, 2009
>OSCAR LEON HAMMOND – 85 -  Citrus Superintendent
LAKE WALES -- Mr. Oscar Leon Hammond of Lake Wales died of cancer Monday (Nov. 8, 2004) at home. He was born in Waverly on June 20, 1919, he came to Lake Wales from Dunedin 40 years ago. He was a superintendent in the citrus industry. He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He was a Pentecostal. >Mr. Hammond is survived by his daughters, Nada Hunt, Clearwater, Diane Flanigan, Dunedin, Edna Rogerson, Babson Park, and Wanda Daniels, Mulberry; sons, Leon Hammond, Dunedin, Bobby Hammond, Zephyrhills, Dale Hammond, Auburndale, Oscar Hammond and Charlie Hammond, both of Hudson, Chuck Windsor, Fort Myers, Johnny Windsor, Lake Wales, and Hilton Windsor, Galveston, Texas; sisters, Virginia Marvel and Louise Whittle, both of Lake Wales, and Florence Bedsaul, Dublin, Va.; 29 grandchildren; and 43 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 tonight at Marion Nelson Funeral Home, Lake Wales. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow in Lake Wales Cemetery. – Ledger, Nov. 9, 2004 - Notes: If I am right- Oscar Leon Hammond married Edna McCall Windsor in Polk Co., on April 11, 1969- think this is the right Oscar -
>RUBY LEE HAMMOND – 82 -  Homemaker
LAKE WALES -- Mrs. Ruby Lee Hammond of Lake Wales died of heart failure Thursday (Feb. 9, 2006) at Kindred Healthcare in Tampa. She was born in Bay Harbor on April 6, 1923, she was a longtime resident of the Lake Wales area. She was a homemaker. She was Pentecostal. > Mrs. Hammond was preceded in death by her husband, Charles C. Hammond.
> She is survived by her daughters, Sharron Gillis, Bonifay, Judy Padgett, Auburndale, Faye Keilen, Winter Haven, Vickie Sharpe, Lake Wales; son, Charles Ray Hammond, Lake Wales; 11 grandchildren; six great-grand-children. Memorial services,Tuesday at Marion Nelson Funeral Home of Lake Wales. – Ledger, Feb. 11, 2006
>GRACE M. LAMB – 75 – Co-Owner, Troy Lamb Wholesale Co.
LAKE WALES -- Mrs. Grace M. Lamb of Lake Wales died of complications following a stroke Tuesday (Aug. 27, 2002) at home. She was born in Opp, Ala., on Aug. 6, 1927, she came to Lake Wales from Frostproof in 1956. She was a homemaker and a co-owner of Troy Lamb Wholesale Co. She was an artist and a member of My Gallery of Winter Haven. She was a member of the Lake Wales Arts Council and Historian of Lake Wales Arts Council. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Gideons. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Lake Wales. >Mrs. Lamb is survived by her husband, Troy Lamb; daughter, Marilyn Scarborough, Green Mountain, N.C.; sons, the Rev. Jim Lamb, Littleton, N.C., Edward Lamb, Lake Wales; sister, Jo Burgess, East Brewton, Ala.; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. > Visitation will be Thursday at Marion Nelson Funeral Home of Lake Wales. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church of Lake Wales. – Ledger, Aug. 28, 2002

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